Using handcuffs on 4th-grader renews focus on role of police in Dayton Public Schools

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A local group called Racial Justice NOW has raised concerns about the incident, which recently came to light, and has protested at the school and at school board meetings. Organization director Hashim Jabar said the group believes placing a young child in handcuffs causes emotional trauma and sends a wrong message.

He said the group also believes the district is not addressing their concerns.

Members of the group were present Tuesday night at a school board work session on the issue.

Ty Alston, who identified himself as the group’s organizer, said he was disappointed.

“We asked for a policy change or at least a discussion on policy on handcuffing of elementary school students, but that couldn’t even be done,” he said.

The organization has talked about pushing for a protocol that involves using something called a “sensory room,” where children with behavioral problems or who pose behavioral issues are taken to calm them, rather than having a SRO use handcuffs on young children.

“We will continue to push,” Alston said.

Racial Justice NOW! responds to possible school closings: school closures are a part of a gentrification plan and disproportionately affect Black students

 

Racial Justice NOW! becomes eighth chapter of Browder Scholars Program

Program ends with trip to Kemet (Egypt) for select scholars

     Once again Dayton, Ohio’s Racial Justice NOW! uses its national network to benefit Black families at home. Through its youth division, the West Dayton Youth Task Force, RJN! has become the 8th chapter to host the Browder Scholars Program named after cultural historian, Anthony T. Browder. Through his relationship with master teacher Debra Watkins, the Executive Director of A Black Education Network headquartered in California RJN!, is set to have 40 Dayton high school students have a cultural experience like no other.

Anthony T. Browder is an author, publisher, cultural historian, artist, and an educational consultant. He is a graduate of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Africa, Caribbean, Mexico, Japan and Europe, on issues related to African and African American History and Culture. He has traveled to Egypt 54 times since 1980 and is currently director of the ASA Restoration Project, which is funding the excavation and restoration of the 25thdynasty tomb of Karakhamun in Luxor, Egypt. He is the author of six publications (including the best sellers, From the Browder File and Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization) and the co-author of six publications, including two written with his now 35 year-old daughter, Atlantis Tye. Read full Bio at IKGresourcecenter.com

For the last three years, Tony Browder has been teaching students in San Jose, California, on a monthly basis using his books, Survival Strategies for Africans in America: 13 Steps to Freedom and From the Browder File. While on Tony’s 22nd study tour to Egypt in August 2017, a great deal of interest was generated about replicating some aspects of the San Jose model in other parts of the United States. Tony and Debra decided to create a model and share it in 10 cities.

Anthony Browder’s work is known far and wide and highly regarded among the hip-hop community. While in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the Dignity in Schools Campaign National Week of Action and the Community for Just Schools Fund launch of a national conversation on race, award winning rap artist and producer David Banner shared how Browder’s book changed his life.

“Banner: The book that opened my eyes was a book called From the Browder File by Anthony Browder. I actually stole Browder’s book. My cousin had the book and he stole something from me. So when he went to work, I stole the book from him. I used to go to sleep with From The Browder File in my hands. That was the first book that I read from cover to cover. I didn’t put the book down.

A lot of books have complex words which make them hard to comprehend, especially for people who haven’t been reading or aren’t comfortable with trying to read an entire book. The thing that I like about From the Browder File is that Tony made it comfortable and simple to read. Also, he uses issues and situations that we deal with right now. A lot of times, that’s the disconnect with the church. Everything is in the past. We are dealing with modern racism right now. We need to know how to apply information to help us deal with the issues that we are facing today.”

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The Browder Scholars program will begin in January 2018 and continue through June and begin again the following school year for a select group who did exceptionally well in that six month period. The 40 Dayton students chosen will be freshmen and sophomores. To get information about enrolling a student into the program, email hajabar@rjnohio.org or call 937-319-1671.

 

 

 

RJN! Launches Culturally Relevant Toolkit, Has Success during DSC National Week of Action

In historic fashion, Racial Justice NOW! completed its fifth National Week of Action as members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign by participating in four events in three different states. DSC is a coalition of 125 organizations across 25 states that fight against the school to prison pipeline and school pushout. RJN!, serving as the co-chair of the national campaign for over a year, started off the week in New Orleans, LA, which served a two-fold purpose.

The Week of Action national event was accompanied by the launch of a national conversation on race, hosted by Community for Just Schools Fund. Both events culminated with the keynote lecture from award-winning rapper, producer, actor, and activist David Banner.

After spending three days in Louisiana, team RJN! flew back to Dayton, Ohio to host a panel of candidates that are running for open school board seats in Dayton Public Schools. RJN! has the unique responsibility, as an unashamedly Black organization, to ask the difficult and under-addressed questions about racial disparities in suspensions, equitable funding to all schools, and restorative justice practices. The well-attended event was facilitated by DPS graduate and active community member Fred Leon Cox.

RJN! Executive Director H.A. Jabar, set the tone in his introduction of Mr. Cox, by highlighting the organization’s social and political position of talking about what is uncomfortable but nonetheless true. Brother Jabar was unable to stay at the event but was on a flight to the third event of the week in Menlo, California at Facebook’s headquarters.

Facebook, hosted a summit on school climate and safety called Connecting Communities of Courage. As the co-chairs of the Dignity in Schools Campaign RJN! attended to represent the voices of Black parents. It is imperative that the voices of Black parents are lifted up in these types spaces because policy, research, and action are followed by the information given at these types of summits. If the input of Black parents is not heard, there will continue to be research and policies developed that will best assist the suburbs of white communities and often adversely effect Black or urban communities.

 

To complete the week, RJN!’s youth division, the West Dayton Youth Task Force, hosted the Gem City Classic to End the School to Prison Pipeline. The event consisted of a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a rap and dance contest, and hip-hop pedagogy circles. Youth won cash prizes and had the opportunity of seeing how sports and hip-hop culture can relate to the classroom and how curriculum can fuel the school to prison pipeline.

For more information on the Culturally Relevant Toolkit, click HERE

 

To register for the November 14th 7pm EST culturally relevant curriculum webinar, click HERE